Red

2011 Saxum Syrah Booker Vineyard

Syrah

  • USA
  • California
  • Central Coast
  • Paso Robles
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Community Tasting Notes 32

  • markcic Likes this wine: 93 points

    July 30, 2019 - Unfortunately my daughter forgot to open the bottle at noon so it did not get an 8 hour slow ox. So after two hours we drank the wine with the main course at the Wild Game dinner which was a Bison steak. The nose was big with fruit and spice. The palate was dark berries, dark cherries, bacon, charred meat and a hint of chocolate. The finish goes on and on. I think that with a 8 hour slow ox or a 3/4 hour decant we would be seeing a much higher rating (95+).

  • Doctor Koulodare Likes this wine: 94 points

    July 14, 2019 - Open a few hours before drinking. Smoky, spicy, dark fruit, herbal undertones, big mouthfeel, amazing concentration. Beautiful finish.

  • Cailles wrote: 94 points

    July 13, 2019 - Saxum Tasting (Zurich): Comprehensive vertical tasting of several Saxum vineyards and a total of 24 wines. Most wines on a good to very good level in the 93 to 95 points range, just one on an exceptional (97+ points) level (James Berry Bone Rock 08). The consistency of the wine-making at Saxum is impressive but the tasting proofed to be rather a bit boring with less difference between the vineyards and vintages showing than expected and wished for. Heart Stone stood out a bit (bigger vats used, little new oak) thanks to more terroir expression. James Berry (mostly Grenache) and James Berry Bone Rock (elevated complexity and sexiness) were great. Best vintage (we tried wines from 2003 to 2011) is clearly the 2007 which produced the wines with the most depth.

    TN: The Booker Vineyards wines are a virtual blend between the Broken Stone wines (new oak, powerful fruit expression) and the Heart Stone wines (focus and minerality). I liked them a lot with the 2007 being the winner due to its depth. Lots of black currant and blueberries on the nose along some minerality but not as well-defined as in the Heart Stone wines. At first the dark fruit theme continues on the palate but with a bit of time the profile changes and becomes more red with a sweet strawberry core. Light (in a good way), fresh, round, smooth and balanced. Not the most complex wine but on all fronts on a very good level. A tad of heat was showing, so don't drink it too warm. Not decanted, no decant needed.

  • sirpat007 Likes this wine: 96 points

    June 22, 2019 - Grand Saxum Tasting (Gustav in Zurich): Grand Saxum tasting over several vineyeards and vintages. 23 wines in total. What was remarkable is the consistancy in aromatics across vintages and partly also across vineyards. Big and powerful wines but not without elegance. As a vintage 2007 stood out as exceptional across all vineyards. Booker stood out as the most consistent on a high level while James Berry vineyards had the highest range, but was oustanding in some vintages. The top wines for me were 2008 Bone Rock and Booker 2007.

    Tasting note:
    Dense and tighlty structured. Ripe, dark fruit and spices which carry on to the palate and resonate in the long finish. A little bit medicinal and some floral notes.

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  • Mr T wrote:

    April 14, 2019 - big rich wine...folks liked it

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2011
  • Type Red
  • Producer Saxum
  • Varietal Syrah
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Booker Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Central Coast
  • Appellation Paso Robles

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  • In Cellars 864 (66%)
  • Consumed 438 (34%)

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